Archduke

by Rajiv Joseph directed by Giovanna Sardelli
Originally produced at Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA
April 18 to May 28, 2017

About the Premiere Production:

Synopsis: Archduke is the astonishing new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph, one of the most exciting playwrights of our time. Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Guards at the Taj) returns to the Taper with this World premiere, Center Theatre Group commission that poetically traces a group of young men along their unlikely path to terrorism at the onset of World War I. Belgrade, 1914. Three strangers, poor, alone, and adrift, each receive a death sentence in the form of a tuberculosis diagnosis. But being young men with nothing to lose makes them the perfect recruits for The Black Hand—a secret organization looking to strike a blow in the name of Serbian nationalism. Set against the backdrop of the 20th century beginning to discover its identity, and with Joseph’s signature dark humor, Archduke draws parallels to our own troubling times and asks: how (and when) does a century define itself?

 

Artistic Statement: Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director: Archduke is a World premiere by Rajiv Joseph about an individual’s path to terrorism at the onset of World War I that connects deeply to urgent issues facing us today. We all wonder what drives men and women to commit acts of extraordinary violence, and how those acts of violence change the world. This play explores that question beautifully and humanely.

 

Grant Statement: Stephen D. Rountree, Managing Director: We’re grateful to the Edgerton Foundation for a grant that allows us to extend the rehearsal process for Archduke by an additional week. This extra time will provide the full creative team the opportunity to extend their collaboration and to give Rajiv Joseph time to further revise and finalize the script with the actors and director in the room. It will also greatly benefit our production team in realizing the epic and sweeping scale of this play.


 


Set/Scenic Designer: Timothy Mackabee 
Lighting Designer: Lap Chi Chu
Costume Designer: Denitsa Bliznakova
Sound Designer:Daniel Kluger



The Prom

book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar, and lyrics by Chad Beguelin directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw
based on an original concept by Jack Viertel
Originally produced at Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA
August 18 to September 25, 2016

About the Premiere Production:

Synopsis: Emma becomes an instant outcast—and a national headline—when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Sensing a chance to correct an injustice—and maybe get some good publicity along the way—a group of fading celebrities takes up the cause, and invades Emma's small Indiana town. But their bumbling attempts at social activism make the situation far worse than they—or Emma—could have ever imagined. Cultures clash and the town erupts in chaos. The community's reputation, Emma's future, and the actors' careers all hang in the balance, until a true hero emerges to save the day. Uproarious and ultimately uplifting, this new musical proves that standing up for yourself—and inspiring others to accept their differences—can make you the star you were always meant to be.


Artistic Statement: The incredible story and mass appeal of The Prom guarantees its long life on the American stage. In post-marriage-equality America, The Prom offers a hilarious yet unflinching look at the difficulties that still face many gay and lesbian members of our society, while fully celebrating their recent victory. School bullying, harassment, systemic civil rights violations, and the challenges of coming out and owning your identity are front and center in this play. But as the audience watches Emma navigate these challenges, what emerges is also a heart-warming coming of age story about falling in love for the first time and just being a teenager who wants a magical night at her high school prom. The Prom is also a play about the ongoing struggle to find your place and purpose in adult life. In the midst of our fading celebrities' bumbling and unwanted attempts to help Emma's situation is the story of older women and queer-identified individuals working to protect their hard won rights for a younger generation. We also see parents struggling to reconcile what they feel is right for their children with the momentum of history, and we witness the essential role of educators in our communities as we watch the careful attempts of the principal to bring a divided community together. A comedy about growing up and being grown, New York and the Midwest, identity and community change, The Prom has something for everyone.


Grant Statement: "Support from the Edgerton Foundation has allowed us to extend The Prom’s rehearsal period, enabling the creative team to make essential adjustments to the script and technical components of the play,” Mike Schleifer, managing director at Alliance Theatre. “During the Alliance's previous collaboration with Casey Nicholaw on Tuck Everlasting, the creative team made expert changes to the play during the preview period, and we expect the same level of rigor and skill for The Prom.”


Cast: Mary Antonini, Brooks Ashmanskas, Anna Grace Barlow, Courtenay Collins, Collins Conley, Demarius R. Copes, Keven Csolak, Shelby Finnie, Damon J. Gillespie, Sheldon Henry, Caitlin Kinnunen, Clayton Landley, Beth Leavel, Becca Lee, Chris Medlin, Martin Moran, Angie Schworer, Christopher Sieber, Brendon Stimson, Teddy Toye, and Michelle West.


Set Designer:
 Scott Pask
Lighting Designer: Kenneth Posner 
Costume Designer:
Ann Roth, Matthew Pachtman
Sound Designer
: Peter Hylenski
Musical Director and Conductor: Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Stage Manager: Holly Coombs
Orchestrations: Larry Hochman
Assoicate Director: Casey Hushion
Music and Dance Arrangements: Glen Kelly
Associate Choreographer: John MacInnis
Hair Design: Josh Marquette
Associate Music Director: Meg Zervoulis


The Prom

book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar, and lyrics by Chad Beguelin directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw
based on an original concept by Jack Viertel
Originally produced at Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA
August 18 to September 25, 2016

About the Premiere Production:

Synopsis: Emma becomes an instant outcast—and a national headline—when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Sensing a chance to correct an injustice—and maybe get some good publicity along the way—a group of fading celebrities takes up the cause, and invades Emma's small Indiana town. But their bumbling attempts at social activism make the situation far worse than they—or Emma—could have ever imagined. Cultures clash and the town erupts in chaos. The community's reputation, Emma's future, and the actors' careers all hang in the balance, until a true hero emerges to save the day. Uproarious and ultimately uplifting, this new musical proves that standing up for yourself—and inspiring others to accept their differences—can make you the star you were always meant to be.


Artistic Statement: The incredible story and mass appeal of The Prom guarantees its long life on the American stage. In post-marriage-equality America, The Prom offers a hilarious yet unflinching look at the difficulties that still face many gay and lesbian members of our society, while fully celebrating their recent victory. School bullying, harassment, systemic civil rights violations, and the challenges of coming out and owning your identity are front and center in this play. But as the audience watches Emma navigate these challenges, what emerges is also a heart-warming coming of age story about falling in love for the first time and just being a teenager who wants a magical night at her high school prom. The Prom is also a play about the ongoing struggle to find your place and purpose in adult life. In the midst of our fading celebrities' bumbling and unwanted attempts to help Emma's situation is the story of older women and queer-identified individuals working to protect their hard won rights for a younger generation. We also see parents struggling to reconcile what they feel is right for their children with the momentum of history, and we witness the essential role of educators in our communities as we watch the careful attempts of the principal to bring a divided community together. A comedy about growing up and being grown, New York and the Midwest, identity and community change, The Prom has something for everyone.


Grant Statement: "Support from the Edgerton Foundation has allowed us to extend The Prom’s rehearsal period, enabling the creative team to make essential adjustments to the script and technical components of the play,” Mike Schleifer, managing director at Alliance Theatre. “During the Alliance's previous collaboration with Casey Nicholaw on Tuck Everlasting, the creative team made expert changes to the play during the preview period, and we expect the same level of rigor and skill for The Prom.”


Cast: Mary Antonini, Brooks Ashmanskas, Anna Grace Barlow, Courtenay Collins, Collins Conley, Demarius R. Copes, Keven Csolak, Shelby Finnie, Damon J. Gillespie, Sheldon Henry, Caitlin Kinnunen, Clayton Landley, Beth Leavel, Becca Lee, Chris Medlin, Martin Moran, Angie Schworer, Christopher Sieber, Brendon Stimson, Teddy Toye, and Michelle West.


Set Designer:
 Scott Pask
Lighting Designer: Kenneth Posner 
Costume Designer:
Ann Roth, Matthew Pachtman
Sound Designer
: Peter Hylenski
Musical Director and Conductor: Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Stage Manager: Holly Coombs
Orchestrations: Larry Hochman
Assoicate Director: Casey Hushion
Music and Dance Arrangements: Glen Kelly
Associate Choreographer: John MacInnis
Hair Design: Josh Marquette
Associate Music Director: Meg Zervoulis


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